Thursday, March 24, 2011

Look what's talking....

Body language-non verbal communication that consits of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movement.
     Various studies show different statistics but, according to John Borg "Communication consits of 93% of body language, while only 7% consits of words."
    Body language can be used in many different ways. It can show approval, disappointment, happiness, and even romantic and sexual intentions.

     In the game charades, you use body language to speak the word or phrase that you have been given. The object of the game is to win without using any verbal communication. In your day to day living your body language can speak louder than any words you can say. From crossing your arms, looking down, a smile, or putting your hands on your hips; they all say different things.
    You can intentionally or unintentionally give off romantic or sexual vibes with your body. Batting your eyes and wearing a tight dress to accentuate your curves are just a few examples of romantic or sexual body language. We as girls should not cause boys to stumble because of our body language. Our bodies should be used for good and not evil.
  In Ephesians 5 chapter 1 God says: "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

No matter your intention or unintention body language speaks volumes.

Love in Christ,
Alicia and Jana

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Modesty is the best policy.

What does modesty mean to you?

"...And I want the women to get out there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it."
1 Timothy 9&10 (The Message)

  Everybody dresses for the ocassion rather it be wearing a formal to a wedding or a summer dress to a bbq. How you dress can lead to false impressions. We live in a judgemental society even though one should not care what other people think a first impression should not give off a false impression.
  Women should not dress for attention. Men are stimulated by sight. Men are always attracted to a female physically, before they are connected emotionally. Women are stimulated by touch. (Physical or emtional.)
  Short shorts, tight pants, and low cut shirts, all these things draw attention to you and we're not talking good attention! You should respect your body and yourself that includes how you dress.

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling. And there is no blemish in you." Song of Solomon 4:7 (NAS)

A womans apparel will be appropriate for the occasion and stylish if affordable, while remaining modest and proper.

Love in Christ,
Alicia and Jana

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are you a TRUE CoverGirl?

Cosmetics(make-up)-comes from the Greek word KOSMOS, which means "of this world, worldly."

71% of women think they are prettier with make-up on.
 taken from 11, 2010.

1 out of 5 boyfriends have never seen their girlfriend without make-up.
taken from 11, 2010

The cosmetic and toiletries industry, world wide, is a 45 to 66 billion dollar business.
taken from 14, 2008.

"After World War II the cosmetics industry began promoting through advertising, the concept of flawless beauty. Women and girls around the world became enamored with the idea that they could be more attractive."

The advertising industry has not slowed down if anything it has become more of a pressure that without make-up you are not attractive.

Turn up the volume and listen carefully to the first 10 seconds of this covergirl commercial (Ellen Degeneres CoverGirl commerical)

     "Inner beauty is important, but not nearly as important as outer beauty." Yeah! You heard it right, that is what CoverGirl is promoting. Before we go any further we want to make it clear that wearing make-up is not a sin, but the reasoning as to why you wear the make up could  be sinful.
     Jezebel was one of the most evil women in the bible. She used her outward apparence to suduce men by wearing flashy clothes, jewlery, and a lot of make-up. Her reason behind the flashy clothes, and make-up was to seduce, the fact that she wore make-up was NOT a sin but why she wore it made it a sin.

      1 Samuel 16:7 (NAS) says "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his apperance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appereance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

     God doesn't care if you spend hours and hours on your face packing on the make-up, or if you wear no make-up at all. God looks at your heart! It's sad that in todays society there is more pressure on how you look on the outside than how you look on the inside. Girls as young as 5 and 6 are being taught at a young age that looks are everything, when reality looks are nothing and heart is EVERYTHING.The song that we have playing on our blog pretty much spells out what today's society is teaching and expecting.
     The average woman spends 20 minutes a day putting on make-up, that averages to about 330 days in a lifetime. Imagine if we took half of that time "making up" our inward apperance for it to be pleasing to God.

Like we have been saying throughout this blog; wearing make-up is not a sin, but you should make sure that your reasoning for wearing make-up does not lead to sinful circumstances.

We want to leave you with a challenge. We won't ever know if you do it (unless you would like to share with us, which would be really cool!) only you will know. Challenge yourself to wear little or no make-up for a day or two OR challenge yourself to cut your make-up time in half, spending that extra time with God.

Love in Christ,
Alicia and Jana

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Little Things

Today was a very stressful day for me at work with everyone out of the office, except for me and the pharmacy dept. trying to hold down the fort.  Anyway, on the way home I was listening to the my usual, christian radio station, trying to get rid of my bad mood, when my 3 yr old in the back started singing and dancing to the song on the radio.  He started doing all kinds of moves and smiling and giggling, which in turn made me start smiling and I was laughing so hard at his little dance moves that I had tears rolling down my cheeks.  For about 3 minutes the car was full of joyful song and laughter.  In that moment I thanked God for that little moment in the car.  It totally changed my attitude and the rest of my evening was fabulous.

All it took was this little moment in the car to turn my attitude.  Sometimes God sends us these little moments right when we need them.  How AWESOME is our God that he gives us these little moments when we need them the most.  I just had to share my overwhelming gratitude that I have for what God does in my life, even the little moments of laughter on the way home.  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD and always has our back even when we are not looking.

Always look for the blessings that are given to you big or small.  God knows what you need and when to bless you.  Usually it is when you least expect it!!!

Oh yea, check back because this week we are doing a brand new topic!  This month is all about appearance so we will be discussing all kinds of topics!  You don't want to miss it!!

Love in Christ,

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The "Drive Thru Experience"

I listen to a christian radio station in the morning on my way to work.  It helps me have some worship time before my busy work day and it just makes me feel good.  Anyway, they talked about something this morning that I thought was a great idea and I wanted to share it.  It is called "The Drive Thru Experience."  Basically, you pay for the person behind you.  It could be someone's coffee or someone's car wash.  The ideas are endless, but basically you are showing an act of kindness.  Jesus showed random acts of kindness all the time.  This is just one way to show Christ to others.  I have not done this yet, because I just heard it today and I haven't stopped anywhere, but I am definitely going to do this.  You never know what other people are going through and you just might lift their spirits. 

I just thought I would pass it along.  This can really be an awesome experience for everyone.  If you would like more information or just want to check it out here is the link to do so:

One SMALL act of kindness can make a HUGE impact in someone's life. 

Love in Christ,


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lean on me when you're not strong....

Our second winner of the contest was Mrs. C and her question was "Why do some people blame God for the death of a loved one and go through the entire process blaming him instead of leaning on Him in their time of need?"

Disclaimer: The topic that we are about to blog about is different with every person. Everybody grieves differently this is just our opinion. Jana is going to share her personal story.

When I was eight years old my father commited suicide. He was a ex police officer with a major alcohol problem, my mother knew things were headed south but I guartnee you she had no idea this was about to take place. He had been in a mental hospital and was working on getting better. My mother had decided she was going to have to leave him, it wasn't a safe place for me or my siblings. He was realsed from the hospital and hich-hiked to our house. My mother was gathering her things to leave for a couple of days, when my father arrived home he was furious. He loved my mother and my mother loved him but it wasn't a safe place. They began to argue and fight. About what? I probably will never know. They fought for awhile and I guess it snapped in his head. There was one more gun left in our house in my brothers closet. He got the gun, sat on the couch and took his life right there in our living room. My mother was in shock, got the neighbor, and called for help. Being an ex police officer every officer showed up to our house that day, it was the talk of the force and the town for a while. I will never forget when my mom told me; her, my cousins, and aunts were in the room on the bed. I walked in not knowing what was going on. During their fighting back in forth my mother hurt her arm so she had it in a sling. I asked what happened and she didn't respond. My aunt said "Jana, your father has passed." Being eight years old I had no idea what that meant. "I am sorry?" I responded. "Your father died, he is no longer here." All I can remember is letting out the loudest scream and throwing myself on the bed. Pressing my face and body as hard as I could into the matress. Why? Why did this happen to me? To MY Daddy? What was I going to do?
         It was an awful time in mine and mothers life, but what we didn't know was it was a brand new start to an amazing new life. God knew all along why that happened to us, his timing and reasoning is perfect. We began the grieving process. It was slow with ups and downs. Have you ever heard the saying "What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger." ? Well it is true. It has taken me nearly 12 years to fully understand why that happened to me. My mother remarried a wonderful Godly man who loves her, me, and our family so much. God allowed them to meet in a very cool way (that is a whole 'nother story) I have grown in God and other relationships through the death of my father. Do I wish he was here? Of course I do. But I have one awesome story. I don't know...actually I KNOW I  wouldn't be who I was if that didn't happen. It made me fully depend on Him and allow Him to work in my life. It made my family FULLY dependent on Him and only Him because at that time in our life what else did we have? Yes our family but they can not comfort like our God can. We will never know why he takes people away from us but I know from prayer and seeking Him it was for our own good. Like I said before it has taken me awhile but I can honestly say I can now thank Him for that experience, and realize what I DO have. Maybe he did it to humble us? Maybe he did it to make us lean on Him? Maybe He did it to show us HE is in total control?

I hope this explains or helps if you are questioning God on this type of situation. Every person reacts differently to situations, we just have to trust in Him and His love!

"I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won't be afraid. You are with me, and your shepaerds rod makes me feel safe." Psalm 23:4 CEV

Love in Christ
Alicia and Jana